IBC Seminars are intensive, four-hour single-topic focused sessions. Each seminar requires an additional fee of $175. Please see the special section on the Conference Registration Form. Seating for each Seminar is limited, so please register early. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are provided upon request and verification.
Current Developments and Recent Applications of Accelerated Bridge Construction
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:00am-12:00pm
With approximately 25% of the nation's 600,000 bridges requiring rehabilitation, repair, or total replacement, Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technologies offer a variety of cost-effective techniques to quickly repair or replace existing bridges while reducing impacts to mobility and safety. Through the Every Day Counts initiative, state highway agencies are working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to implement ABC technologies in typical bridge rehabilitations and replacements as a part of their standard business practices. This seminar will cover a variety of timely topics associated with the application of ABC techniques and provide attendees with an understanding of the advantages and implications of ABC techniques currently available to bridge designers, owners and constructors. Attendees will see presentations that demonstrate the successful use of ABC across a wide range of applications from the use of precast elements to full bridge prefabrication and bridge moves. Presentations will include:
Speakers: Michael Arens, P.E., S.E., Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Salt Lake City, UT; Mike LaViolette, P.E., HDR Engineering Inc., Omaha, NE; Ben Beerman, P.E., Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC; Linda Kreuger, P.E., Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Madison, WI; Eliza Partington, Massachusetts Department of Transporatation, Boston, MA (Invited)
Load Rating of Complex Bridges
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:00pm-5:00pm
This seminar will focus on tools and analysis methods available to engineers for the load rating of non-conventional and complex bridges. The seminar will demonstrate strategies for load rating of complex structures through the discussion of a number of recently load-rated structures from a variety of different states, including but not limited to the following:
In addition, the seminar will introduce new functionality of the AASHTOWare Bridge Rating (“BrR” - formerly “Virtis”) software related to the load rating of non-conventional bridge types including steel curved/skewed bridges and trusses. BrR is currently under evaluation by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for acceptance as an approved load rating tool for statewide bridges.
Topics covered in this seminar will include the use of 2D and 3D finite element modeling, appropriate modeling techniques, and LRFR code checking.
Speakers: Dr. Francesco Russo, Ph.D., P.E., Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Philadelphia, PA; Daniel Baxter, P.E., S.E., Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Rachel Sharp, P.E., Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Moon Township, PA
If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Cori Stellfox Weber, 412-261-0710 x 11.